Alumni Blog & Events

Stay in touch to hear about upcoming alumni news and events.

Anne’s father, Okimau, started the alumni website in 1999 just prior to his death. We are pleased to continue the tradition of keeping in touch with alumni and hosting an alumni weekend every second year, in June, prior to the start of camp. If you would like to register for the upcoming alumni weekend, June 15th-17th, 2018, please do so here. We welcome all Ponackians to return to camp for the weekend. Families are also welcome and many alumni enjoy showing their wives/husbands and children what Ponacka is all about.

Members of the alumni association are contacted directly with news of special events and topics of interest. If you are not already a member, you can join by clicking on Become a Member.

Since 1983, Ponacka alumni have financially supported less privileged boys to attend camp each summer. The boys are selected by Big Brothers and Big Sisters Peterborough and they return to camp each summer. If you would like to support this cause, please click here for more information on the Suns of Sphairee!


Upcoming Events:


Ponacka Yuletide - December 2017

Monday December 18th, 2017

It’s that time of year again when paddles are stowed, tents hung from rafters high and a brave group of alumni get together to challenge each other with festive games holding large blocks of ice & whistling with crackers in their mouths. All in the festive spirit. Senior side of the Pilot. (22 Cumberland St., Toronto from 6-10pm)


Winter Walk-In - February 2018


Saturday February 10th, plan to arrive before noon and enjoy lunch and the afternoon at Ponacka. We serve a hot lunch in the Centennial Barn  and then everyone goes outside to ski, toboggan and if lucky with the ice conditions, play some PHL on the lake. Please rsvp so that we know how much soup to heat and how many hot dogs to cook. See you then! RSVP to

Alumni Weekend - June 2018


Please join us for a fun filled weekend on June 15-17th, 2018.

Registration is now open online, so secure your spot soon! You won’t want to miss the classic C-Barn debate. Will Rob Munn finally convince you that gimp should be the only craft at Arts and Crafts?! Or would you rather showcase some hidden family talents by the fire?

PHL, mac ‘n cheese and cinnamon buns are a must. Stay tuned for more details but one thing is for sure, you’re in for a fabulous time!

Past Events:


Ponacka Mentorship Night - November 2017
Vancouver Alumni Night - September 2017
Toronto PHL Tournament - April 2017


April 1st we hosted a PHL tournament at The Hangar (75 Carl Hall Rd., Intersection of Sheppard & Keele) from 2-4pm.

A big How How to all players on the 6 teams, we look forward to the next tournament in Spring 2018.


Alumni Weekend - June 2016
Toronto Ponacka Night

Toronto Ponacka Night

Come out to celebrate our 70th summer!!

Thursday November 17th at 7:30pm

Fionn MacCool’s – 235 Bloor St. E

There will be great people, tasty appetizers and definitely some draw prizes. RSVP here or write Laura at if you can make it!

Vancouver Alumni Gathering – September 2016

Vancouver Alumni Gathering – September 2016

What a success! What was originally planned as a casual 6:30pm meet-up, quickly turned into a stay-til midnight laughfest! It was a huge success with the following Ponackian’s attending: Angela Wagner, Nathan George, Nick Smart, Duncan Finley, Andrew Zimcik, Al Green, Darren Miller, Neil Rimmer, Phil Calder, JD Murray and Chris Campbell. Highlights include the name tags, the tasty cheeses, surprise guest Neil Rimmer (on the one night he was in Vancouver, prior to starting his bike ride to San Francisco) and of course Finley and Zimcik’s new haircuts.

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Ponacka Movies and Slides USB Drive

Ponacka Movies and Slides USB Drive

We are happy to announce that we have captured the footage of Okimau’s movies, more recent movies and the slide shows of Walter Davison on a USB key that is now for sale. The price of $60 includes taxes and mailing. Over 23 hours of oral and visual camp history is available on this custom USB key! The early movies in the 1940’s include footage of a few boys chopping down a huge tree, not an adult in sight, boys in canoes with Okimau’s voice reminiscing about the fact that lifejackets were not yet a part of camp life. He often lists the names of the boys as he narrates the movies – they are a captivating view of Ponacka in the early days.

To order, send an e-transfer to, or send us a cheque made out to:

Camp Ponacka

1735 Fifth Line

Selwyn, ON K9J 6X5

Don’t forget to send us your mailing address (and security password if sending an e-transfer)

Cost: $ 60 including tax and shipping

Here are some sample videos!